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Chrysler production up 14.3% in November

Chrysler assembly plants in the U.S., Canada and Mexico turned out 208,577 cars, SUVs and trucks last month, an increase of 14.3% over November 2011. Passenger car production climbed 29.1% while light/medium truck output was up 8.8%. Total production from January to the end of November is up 20.7%

Scheduled production for U.S.-built passenger cars was up sharply at 63.2% as the Belvidere Assembly Plant pumped out 14,101 Dodge Darts. The folks at the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant were also busy, building 21,726 Chrysler 200s and Dodge Avengers in November.

U.S. light truck production fell 3.1%, attributable entirely to the Jeep Liberty. Factoring out the Liberty, U.S. truck production was up 6.2% despite declines in orders for the Jeep Compass, Jeep Patriot and two-door Wrangler.

Production of Jeep models was down 9.4%, once again, the discontinued Liberty was the major factor in the shortfall.

Orders for the Chrysler 300 were up 31.0% in November, keeping Brampton in the black despite a 9.3% slide in Charger production. A 35.2% increase in Grand Caravan production and a 12.8% boost for the Town & Country kept the lights on in Windsor, even though contract production of the Volkswagen Routan has ended and there was a small adjustment to Ram Cargo van assembly.

In Mexico, where Chrysler is the No. 4 automaker by sales through October (November figures aren’t yet available), light truck output soared, driven by large increases in orders for Ram light-duty and heavy-duty trucks. Fiat production was down 21.1% in November, but is still up 48.5% for the first 11 months of the year.


CHRYSLER GROUP NOVEMBER PRODUCTION
PASSENGER CARS
Car Models Nov-12 Nov-11 Change CYTD 2012 CYTD 2011 Change
Chrysler 200 12,520 9,818 27.5% 129,662 99,207 30.7%
Chrysler 200 Convertible (1) 721 606 19.0% 12,686 13,701 -7.4%
Dodge Caliber 0 4,591 Disc. 0 47,974 Disc.
Dodge Avenger 9,206 7,302 26.1% 104,093 69,306 50.2%
Dodge Dart 14,101 79 New 60,707 186 New
Total U.S. Cars 36,548 22,396 63.2% 307,148 230,374 33.3%
Chrysler 300 (2) 9,074 6,929 31.0% 88,040 53,347 65.0%
Dodge Challenger 4,310 4,196 2.7% 45,091 40,450 11.5%
Dodge Charger 9,274 10,230 -9.3% 90,568 85,042 6.5%
Total Canada Cars 22,658 21,355 6.1% 223,699 178,839 25.1%
Fiat 500 Sedan 3,967 4,636 -14.4% 68,124 45,989 48.1%
Fiat 500 Cabrio 293 763 -61.6% 9,612 6,366 51.0%
Total Mexico Cars 4,260 5,399 -21.1% 77,736 52,355 48.5%
Grand Total Cars 63,466 49,150 29.1% 608,583 461,568 31.9%
TRUCKS
Truck Models Nov-12 Nov-11 Change CYTD 2012 CYTD 2011 Change
Ram Dakota 0 0 Disc. 0 17,390 Disc.
Dodge Nitro 0 2,500 Disc. 0 24,547 Disc.
Dodge Durango 6,087 5,184 17.4% 49,272 67,803 -27.3%
Ram Pickup 19,810 15,457 28.2% 210,378 178,628 17.8%
Jeep Compass 8,299 9,284 -10.6% 99,668 94,926 5.0%
Jeep Grand Cherokee 19,394 15,690 23.6% 220,009 158,354 38.9%
Jeep Liberty 0 6,906 -100.0% 78,695 68,463 14.9%
Jeep Wrangler 5,266 6,013 -12.4% 67,882 56,848 19.4%
Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 10,121 9,396 7.7% 114,720 93,633 22.5%
Patriot 7,178 8,178 -12.2% 87,756 73,352 19.6%
Total U.S. Trucks 76,155 78,608 -3.1% 928,380 833,944 11.3%
Chrysler Town & Country (3) 11,766 10,430 12.8% 119,530 104,123 14.8%
Dodge Grand Caravan 19,382 14,337 35.2% 185,613 153,019 21.3%
Ram Cargo Van 777 878 -11.5% 10,182 1,988 412.2%
Volkswagen Routan 0 1,421 -100.0% 8,662 14,039 -38.3%
Total Canada Trucks 31,925 27,066 18.0% 323,987 273,169 18.6%
Ram HD Pickup 17,774 11,915 49.2% 153,909 111,953 37.5%
Dodge Journey (4) 16,153 14,024 15.2% 168,090 130,429 28.9%
Ram LD Pickup 3,104 1,797 72.7% 26,538 19,086 39.0%
Total Mexico Trucks 37,031 27,736 33.5% 348,537 261,468 33.3%
Grand Total Trucks 145,111 133,410 8.8% 1,600,904 1,368,581 17.0%
Grand Total Vehicles 208,577 182,560 14.3% 2,209,487 1,830,149 20.7%
Total Ram Light Duty Pickups 22,914 17,254 32.8% 236,916 197,714 19.8%
Total Ram LD & HD trucks 40,688 29,169 39.5% 390,825 309,667 26.2%
Cars as percentage of total 30.4% 26.9%   27.5% 25.2%
(1) Includes Lancia Flavia
(2) Includes Lancia Thema
(3) Includes Lancia Grand Voyager
(4) Includes Fiat Freemont



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